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What does Gwendolen mean?

Gwendolen Pronunciation of Gwendolen as a girls' name is pronounced GWYN-doh-len. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Gwendolen is "fair bow; blessed ring". From gwen "white, fair, blessed, holy" and dolen "ring, bow". In some legends, Merlin the magician has a wife named Gwendolyn. Also, according to myth, the name of the wife of a mythical Welsh king Locrine. The variant Wendy is much more common.


ASSOCIATED WITH fair (beautiful), blessed, white, king (queen)


VARIANTS Guendolen, Guendolin, Guendolinn, Guendolynn, Guenna, Gwen, Gwenda, Gwendaline, Gwendalyn, Gwendolene, Gwendolin, Gwendoline, Gwendolyn, Gwendolyne, Gwendolynn, Gwendolynne, Gwenna, Gwenette, Gwenndolyn, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwenny, Gwenyth, Gwyn, Gwyndolyn, Gwyneth, Gwynn, Gwynna, Gwynne, Wendi, Wendie, Wendy, Win, Winne, Wynne



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How popular is Gwendolen?

Gwendolen is an unusual first name for females. Gwendolen is an unusual surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Gwendolen (NOT RANKED) ranked in the Top 2000 are Gwen (#907 LAST YEAR), Gwenda, Gwendolyn (#372), Gwenyth (#1907), Gwyn, Gwyneth (#1289), Gwynne, Wendi, Wendie and Wendy (#969). Adoption of these forms of Gwendolen was more pronounced 6 decades ago (AVERAGE #1149) and is now much less (#1544, 84.8%), with versions like Wendy becoming less stylish. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwen, Gwenda, Gwendolyn, Gwenyth, Gwyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwyneth, Gwynne, Wendi, Wendie, Wendy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gwendolen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Brendolyn, Gleneen, Guennola, Gwenfron, Gweniver, Gwenllian, Gwenn, Gwennola (see Guinevere), Gwennora (see Guinevere), Gwennore (see Guinevere), Gwenora and Gwenore. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gwendolen.

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